Signals and Communication Maintainer

As a Signals and Communication Maintainer, your job will be to install, maintain, test, replace and repair signals and communications equipment. Troubleshooting is a large part of the job because you need to analyze, isolate and resolve malfunctions.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Dig holes and trenches to install wiring, control cables and related hardware.
  • Replace defective or used wires, control cabinets and all ancillary work.
  • Operate on-track vehicles and highway vehicles.
  • Safely load and unload equipment and supplies from trucks or flat cars.
  • Test and verify the correct operation of S&C systems and equipment on your assigned territory.
  • Investigate and locate problems or failures and take the proper corrective action
  • Install apparatus in accordance with prepared circuit drawings.
  • Perform a variety of maintenance work necessary to keep the equipment running smoothly at all times.

Typical Working Conditions and Hours:

  • Think of the railway as an emergency service, like police or ambulance – they operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. As a Signals and Communication Maintainer, you will not work a typical “9 to 5 shift”. You will work irregular hours and must be available to work weekends and holidays.
  • Maintainers work on a specific portion of territory assigned to them, this may be in urban, rural, or isolated areas.
  • Wear protective equipment such as protective hat, eyewear and steel-toed boots.
  • Work outdoors in all weather conditions.
  • Work both individually and in teams.
  • Requires excellent physical health and conditioning


A Signals and Communication Maintainer is paid on an hourly basis plus an additional Stand By Pay for being on call. The average yearly salary for this position is $45,000 - $55,000.


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